“Controlled hysteria is what’s required. To exist constantly in a state of controlled hysteria. It’s agony. But everyone has agony. The difference is that I try to take my agony home and teach it to sing.” ~ Arthur Miller



We began the bathroom renovation today . . . Gutting, finding lots of problems beneath, water damage, mold. This is going to be long, slow, and very, very painful. There isn’t enough chocolate in the world to make this better.

Oh, on one positive note—my migraine left for about 12 hours, but gone completely? Heavens, that would be miraculous . . .

Thought I’d post these images of abandoned North Brother Island as this is kind of what our bathroom looks like at the moment.

Copy reblogged from Curious History:

Abandoned North Brother Island, New York

North Brother Island, located in between Queens and the Bronx in New York, has a long and fascinating history. The entire island has now been abandoned for nearly 50 years.

In the 1880s, the island was used to build a hospital complex to quarantine and treat people suffering from smallpox and typhoid fever. This hospital was home to the infamous “Typhoid Mary.” She was forcibly isolated twice by public health authorities after infecting 51 people with typhoid, three of whom died, over the course of her career as a cook. She spent nearly three decades in isolation on North Brother Island until her own death.

The hospital was later turned into housing for World War II veterans attending school on the GI Bill. In the 1950s, the island was home to one of the first juvenile drug rehabilitation centers in history. It remained in operation until the island was abandoned in 1963.

They tried to sell the island to private investors in the 1970s but the cost of construction, transportation to the island, and the noise from Laguardia airport discouraged anyone from buying it.

In June, 2013, it was announced that two architecture students are planning to construct a learning school for autistic children on the 20-acre island. It is currently unknown if and when this project will come to fruition.

2 thoughts on ““Controlled hysteria is what’s required. To exist constantly in a state of controlled hysteria. It’s agony. But everyone has agony. The difference is that I try to take my agony home and teach it to sing.” ~ Arthur Miller

  1. I recommend that one day during this renovation that when you quit for the evening, order a pizza, kick back, and watch The Money Pit.

    I’m sure that you can find lots and lots of awful pictures of bathrooms in poor repair which will make you feel better!!!

    I don’t know why we don’t build bathrooms with drains in the floor, under the floor, under the sink… and the pipes exposed to a closet or laundry room on the other side of the wall so that we could keep an eye on them – and a drain in there, too.

    Be sure and find some good things to balance out all the ick factor you’ll have to deal with each day… Wish I could come and make dinner… Tonight I am making shrimp tacos with a recipe off the Internet. It has a sauce with greek yogurt, cilantro, chili powder, lime juice, and salt. Already I can imagine their faces and their disappointment. Ah well. Everything is an experiment… The brownies for dessert might repair some of their ill.

    The sun came out today. It did rain, though. But, we saw the sun!

    I had grilled squash for lunch. Probably the only squash we’ll get before the garden sinks…

    Wishing you quick solutions and jovial moods….

    1. The shrimp tacos sound absolutely delicious. Can you send me the link to the recipe? and a dozen brownies via thoughtwaves…………….

      I agree on the need for floor drains in bathrooms. It only makes sense.

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